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Nov 29, 2012 5:30pm PST
another report this week says sea level rises are happening 60% faster than the united nations predicted in 2007. this is all critical information because more than half of all americans live within 50 miles of the coastline. >> bracing bunch of numbers today, anne thompson leading us off tonight, thank you. >>> tonight here at the u.n., it is the u.s. and israel leading against the rest of the world. a u.n. vote on the official membership of palestinians, the vote that the u.s. and israel have been spending a long time trying to stop. the question is, what effect will this have on anything approaching peace in that region? our chief correspondent affairs, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: good evening, on the 65th anniversary of the u.n. giving israel the land to become a state, they voted overwhelmingly to recognize the palestinians, but only as an observer state. and a non-voting official state it is a step for nationhood, and a potential flash place for the middle east. hours earlier, they were already celebrating across the west bank. in ramallah, he made a pizza with tomatoes, olives,
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Nov 30, 2012 4:00am PST
reporting. >>> well, elsewhere, despite american objections, the united nations general assembly voted to recognize palestine as a non-member state. palestinians celebrated, but the u.s. says it is an obstacle to peace talks. nbc's danielle lee joins us with those details. danielle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. it's a bit of a loss for the u.s. and israel. the peer is that yesterday's vote will make palestine less likely to negotiate a peace agreement with israel moving forward. yesterday the united nations overwhelmingly voted to upgrade palestine's status to a non-member state and that could allow them to go after israel in criminal court which could delay or complicate peace talks in an effort towards forming two independent states of palestine and israel moving forward. u.n. ambassador susan rice called the vote a setback. the u.s. had threatened funding in the west bank in the hopes of preventing it. now rice says that the only way to truly form an independent palestinian state is through direct negotiations with israel. she says that is something the u.s.
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Nov 29, 2012 11:00am PST
for palestinian being accepted as a non-member state of the united nations. the israelis and the americans are strongly opposed to it because they say this is an end run, running around the negotiation process -- the peace process with israel. >> the only way to make life better for both israelis and palestinians is solve the issues that separate us. it's through direct peace talks. and we're ready. i frankly don't understand the palestinians, how they expect to make peace if they refuse to talk to us. >> reporter: the palestinians say it's now or never. >> we are moving ahead, as well, the u.s. and a handful of countries will find themselves on the wrong side of morality, on the wrong side of justice and on the wrong side of the law. >> reporter: one thing this does do is show the palestinian people that there is another way forward besides violence. and this victory, if it comes to that this evening at the united nations, will be a significant step forward for the non-violent approach to the peace process. martin fletcher, nbc news, tel aviv. >>> nasa this morning trying to cool off spec
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Nov 29, 2012 4:00am PST
on during a news conference. >> susan rice has done a great job as our ambassador to the united nations and, of course, this decision about my successor is up to the president, but i'm very happy he has the opportunity with a second term to make a decision. >> but on capitol hill tennessee republican senator bob corker spoke with rice wednesday and later warned the president that the job of secretary of state is held at a higher standard than his other appointees. >>> elsewhere, later today, "time" magazine will release a provocative exclusive. the magazine calls egyptian president mohammed morsi the most important man in the middle east. president morsi tells "time" that although he's been in office only five months, he is promising a parliament and elections in the next coming two months. today, morsi faces unprecedented strikes by the courts as well as massive protests after he granted himself near absolute power while he prepares for a nationwide address stressing unity. >>> last night, new yorkers celebrated the lighting of the world's most famous christmas tree. take a look. >> three,
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Nov 30, 2012 5:00am PST
palestinians celebrating and the world is reacting to an overwhelming united nations vote. the u.n. upgrading palestine's status to nonmember observer state. danielle leigh is live on capitol hill right now and has more on this defeat for israel and the the united states. good morning, danielle. >> reporter: jon, good morning. the fear is that yesterday's vote is going to make palestine less likely to negotiate a peace agreement with israel moving forward. yesterday the united nations overwhelmingly voted to upgrade their status to a nonmember state and that allows palestine to go after israel in international court, which could delay or complicate efforts at creating two independent states of palestine and israel. ambassador susan rice said she is disappointed by the vote. the u.s. had tried to prevent it by threatening funding in the west bank. rice said the only way to truly create an independent palestinian state is through direct talks with israel, something the u.s. is committed to helping make happen. even though this vote was largely symbolic, palestinians yesterday took to the street
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Nov 29, 2012 5:00pm PST
with implications for the future. the united nations vote is viewed as a victory for palestinians and an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the united states. there were plenty of cheers in the west bank. palestinians took their victory celebration into the streets. israel still controlled the west bank. east jerusalem and access to gaza, and voted against recognizing a palestinian state. so did the u.s. the vote count was an overwhelming 138 to 9. 41 nations abstained. secretary of state hillary clinton says the vote places further obstacles in the path to peace. real independence from palestinians remaining elusive according to the secretary of state, until a peace deal is negotiated with israel. >>> president obama and mitt romney had a private lunch at the white house today. we know what they ate but no specifics about their conversation. the get together marked their first meeting since facing off in the third presidential debate. the menu included turkey chilly and southwestern grilled chicken saeid. the former rivals posed for an official autograph in the oval office. much
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Nov 29, 2012 5:00am PST
scene, the united nations today voting to decide whether palestine should be recognized as its own country. the resolution would change palestine's status from entity to nonmember state. that means palestine would have access to more international resources, including international criminal courts. now the expectation is it will pass very easily. both the u.s. and israel, however, have said they will vote no and have threatened to withhold funding for the west bank government if the resolution passes. >>> a new study finds guantanamo bay detainees would be just fine in u.s. jails. senator dianne feinstein, who shares the senate intelligence committee, says the government report shows moving gitmo detainees to the u.s. would not hurt national security. u.s. prisons apparently hold 373 prisoners convicted of terrorism and there are no major problems. there are 166 detainees at guantanamo bay. >>> 5:21 right now. coming up, a brand new movie about the shooting of oscar grant about to debut at a major film festival. we'll tell you which oscar winner is slated to star in that flick. [ m
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Nov 29, 2012 6:00am PST
. a little slow for 880. back to you. >>> 6:59. one final check of the top stories. the united nations expected to pass a resolution today to recognize palestine as its own state. the u.s. asked the palestinian president to abandon the effort but he refused. the u.s. and israel say they will vote no on the resolution. >>> closer to home, one of the three men convicted in the infamous kidnapping of a school bus full of students in chowchilla has been denied parole. he will be eligible for parole in three years. this one very historic around here. woods convicted for his kidnapping of the students and their bus driver back in 1976, ultimately burying them alive in a moving van. >> it's a frightening time. >>> two people hold winning tickets to the highest powerball jackpot ever. more than $587 million. lottery officials say the winning tickets were sold in arizona and missouri. not clear whether the tickets were bought by individuals or groups. >> congratulations to all. >> have a great day, everybody. see you at 7:25. >>> good morning. >>> good morning. we have winners, two winning tick
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Nov 29, 2012 7:00am PST
job as our ambassador to the united nations. >> reporter: still, rice had to spend another day on capitol hill discussing benghazi with skeptical senate republicans. >> and realize that all of us here hold the secretary of state to a very different standard than most cabinet members. >> reporter: well, white house aides insist president obama is yet to make a decision between susan rice or massachusetts senator john kerry as his replacement for secretary of state hillary clinton. at this point, aides say to me that the president knows he can't let this linger much longer, can't leave rice or kerry hanging in the wind. expect an announcement perhaps by early next weeks. >> chuck todd at the white house, thank you very much. >>> we want to turn and get a check of the day's other top stories. natalie morales over at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. >>> ex-cia chief general david petraeus spoke out about his affair with biographer paula broadwell in a letter to his colleague james shelton nbc news has learned this morning. in the november 20th note, petraeus
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